NormanH Posted October 10, 2011 Share Posted October 10, 2011 About 5 years ago I wasdiagnosed with Prostate cancer, treated by radiotherapy and at themoment it is still completely clear. 3 years ago I wasdiagnosed with an unrelated colo-rectal cancer, which has beenoperated on and treated with Chemotherapy.At the moment that toois completely clear.Today I was able, on a10th October to sit out side on a restaurant terraceopposite the Mediterranean in 31° sunshine and have a meal ofseafood followed by salmon.Life is good five yearsafter the first shock of hearing the news.I will continue to havefrequent check-ups, and being realistic I could have a relapse or anew cancer at any time, but that is the case with anybody, even thosewho have never had the disease.I just want to say toanyone who gets the news that they have a cancer that it is notnecessarily an immediate death sentence. It is most often treatable,and although some changes of lifestyle may have to be made they arenot worse than in many other situations as you get older.I have changed what andwhen I eat, and avoid alcohol, but these are things I should havedone years ago anyway.In my case a key wasearly detection, and I would urge all men to have regular PSA tests.Establish a basereading and note if it starts to rise quickly. This rise is moresignificant than one or two points on the reading.Anybody who has afamily history of colo-rectal cancer should have regular coloscopies( I had them every 3 years then every 18 months after several polypswere found) The biopsies and testsare a little uncomfortable in both types of the disease, but nothingcompared to the suffering avoided by early treatment.So GET TESTEDregularly, and if you have bad news remember that 5 years down theline I am still enjoying life to the full... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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